Winne’s Wagon Mobile Classroom

Winnie’s Wagon will lift the futures of young minds facing the challenges of homelessness.


We partnered with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) to create Winne’s Wagon, the first mobile classroom in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the nation, dedicated to serving youth experiencing homelessness. Winnie’s Wagon is a community asset that is traveling to various events and festivals throughout Allegheny County, allowing all children to experience Winnie at schools, libraries, shelters and other school time agencies. The HCEF team anticipates Winnie’s Wagon will provide more than 1,000 tutoring sessions and/or enrichment opportunities annually, that’s 20-25 students per week, and more than half of the students and families will receive wrap-around support such as food, clothing, shelter, mental health services and emergency funds.

Leveraging our universal design and hands-on learning expertise, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s design team created an oasis for learning equipped with educational games, teaching resources, books and school supplies. It includes storage, bookshelves, whiteboard space, a fold-out table and seating for tutoring. And, the unit has a hotspot for internet connectivity. The most important educational tools included is the latest technology, such as:

  • Dash Robot incorporates coding skills
  • Kindle Fire Tablets with apps for literacy and math skills
  • Snap Circuit Building Kits
  • STEM Hands-on Activity and Experiment Kits
  • Maker Space Tools
  • 3-D Printer
  • iPads with Osmo Activities
  • Kodak 4 Pass Digital Instant Cameras so students can photograph their work/projects/memories

Winnie’s Wagon is just the beginning as HCEF is already preparing to grow into a second van equipped with all STEAM learning activities.

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Pittsburgh nonprofit launches first U.S. mobile classroom to address homeless kids’ learning gaps

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Mobile classroom 'Winnie’s Wagon' will help students experiencing homelessness in Western Pa.

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